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by Chad Ramsey

When individuals are united,
they enjoy a state of oneness. Thus,
there is more to unity than simply an
outward appearance. Individuals must
literally be of “one mind” and speak
with “one mouth” as Paul instructed the Romans (Romans
15:6). This, of course, is the kind of unity for which Jesus
prayed on the evening of His betrayal. He said: “I do not
pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in
Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You,
Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one
in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John
One look at the religions in our society, however,
will reveal that we do not enjoy the unity for which Jesus
prayed. Far from being of one mind and speaking with
one mouth, differing religious groups teach contradictory
doctrines and often place more credence in their historical
traditions than in God’s word. Surely this is no way to
unite in serving Christ.
So what must we do in order to enjoy the right
kind of unity? First, we must agree to follow only God’s
word. Paul wrote: “Now I plead with you, brethren, by
the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the
same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but
that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and
in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10). Unless we all
agree to follow the same source—the Bible—we will
never be united. Second, we must dismiss selfish pride
from our lives. Again, Paul wrote: “fulfill my joy by
being like-minded, having the same love, being of one
accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish
ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each
esteem others better than himself (Philippians 2:2-3). A
person who is self-seeking will never find true unity with
either God or man. Do you desire unity?
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